Root canal treatment

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Found 1st Dec 2017
I had a bad back tooth which hurt.
Went to dentist and she drilled out old filling and had put a temporary filing on it.
Since then tooth has been fine , but I have to go back for root canal and a possible cap to strengthen tooth. About 200 in total.

I've had root canal before and tooth went a bit funny and has to be extracted.
Do I need root canal , why not just refill the tooth since it no longer hurts.
Not so much bothered about the money but scared may loose the tooth.
I'm over 50 so at best tooth only has to hang in a bit longer

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I think you have posted this on the wrong website?

I've had 3 root fillings and not had any problems with any of them. Can only suggest you get a second opinion.

Why so much? I assume you are using a private dentist. My root canal was £54

Although I did have to pay another £54 a year later to have it extracted as it was never free of pain

It is probably because any decay is probably deep in the tooth, root canal gets all the decay out and the nerve, it may not be hurting now but at any moment the decay left may cause an infection and abscess which is very sore, tooth may last 6 months untreated but could last 10 years or more if the root canal is performed well, the best way to make sure your dentist does a good job is to stay very still and don't complain why they do there work.
Edited by: "SOUTHWALES" 1st Dec 2017

BTW, the original drilling would have been the root canal extraction. The next step is just to replace the temporary filling with a permanent one

My sympathies. I have had 3 root canals, 2 were years ago and remain completely trouble free the third last year still gives me some trouble. Dentist had a lot of trouble getting the tooth cleared out totally and says the remaining sensitivity is due to a small amount of infection remaining in the jaw around the now dead/filled/capped tooth. Apparently this can last a very long time and will either settle, or the root canal is considered a failure and extraction is the only option. Retreatment of failed root canals seems to be a bit on the opinion individual dentist, mine is against, but that is only her opinion. If you have toothache which is caused by infection in the roots, the canal treatment is the only option really.

chocci2 h, 44 m ago

BTW, the original drilling would have been the root canal extraction. The …BTW, the original drilling would have been the root canal extraction. The next step is just to replace the temporary filling with a permanent one



Wrong, that's just a filling, root canal is a root filling, they use a series of files on the root canal first before they fill them, this also removes the nerve.

@lumsdot

They do a root canal because that's where the infection is, trust me you wouldn't want an abscess in the future.

Only thing I don't like about root canal is the rubber dam they use now. I've had two root canals one a few years back the other 27 years a go.
Edited by: "4Real2016" 1st Dec 2017

as chocci said they normally put a temporary filling on top once they did the work to let settle and infection remove. I am going through the process of having a 20 year old one refilled, its taken 3 months so far and could take longer to get the infection out. I have had to go to a specialist as the original root filling is made of small pieces of silver and no NHS dentist can remove them now. I also changed my dentist recently after about 15 years after he messed up the tooth behind this one and the specialist believes they probably could have saved both teeth. Good luck

They put some sort of disinfectant in my tooth with a temporary filling over it before doing the root canal.

4Real20164 h, 3 m ago

Wrong, that's just a filling, root canal is a root filling, they use a …Wrong, that's just a filling, root canal is a root filling, they use a series of files on the root canal first before they fill them, this also removes the nerve.@lumsdot They do a root canal because that's where the infection is, trust me you wouldn't want an abscess in the future.Only thing I don't like about root canal is the rubber dam they use now. I've had two root canals one a few years back the other 27 years a go.


They put a temporary filling in once all the root nerve has been removed. They don't remove the filling then put a temporary filling in then remove that to do the root canal treatment. Read what I wrote again.

chocci1 h, 34 m ago

They put a temporary filling in once all the root nerve has been removed. …They put a temporary filling in once all the root nerve has been removed. They don't remove the filling then put a temporary filling in then remove that to do the root canal treatment. Read what I wrote again.



I guess the op was asleep when the dentist spent up to an hour going in and out his mouth with little files, and didn't notice the big ass rubber dam stuck to his face.

I read what you wrote maybe you should be more specific, because they don't drill your root canal, which is how it reads.
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